Claims involving birth injury do not have to be filed until the child’s eighth birthday in most cases, but there are exceptions. This allows claims for injuries that may not have been apparent until a child entered school. Unfortunately, some claims, such as claims against a government-run hospital, have much shorter deadlines so it is important to contact an experienced birth injury attorney if you suspect that your child has a birth injury.
Although statistics surrounding premature births are alarming and significant, parents should also try to remain positive. Each child is unique and each child will follow a different path and have their own outcome. Take statistics to heart, but it is also important that you remind yourself that your baby is more than a statistic.
More than three-quarters of premature babies can be saved with feasible, cost-effective care, e.g. essential care during child birth and in the postnatal period for every mother and baby, antenatal steroid injections (given to pregnant women at risk of preterm labor and under set criteria to strengthen the babies’ lungs), kangaroo mother care (the baby is carried by the mother with skin-to-skin contact and frequent breastfeeding) and antibiotics to treat newborn infections.
Turning one year old is a major milestone all by itself — it’s your baby’s very first birthday! During the first year of life your baby has developed from helpless infant into a squirmy, communicative little child capable of expressing a wide range of needs, preferences, and emotions quite effectively. One-year-old babies also make many sounds parents recognize as early speech and some babies are already beginning to say their very first words.
As your child beings to crawl and pull up on furniture you need to be especially attentive. If you have not already done so, now is the time you want to make sure your house is really baby proofed and that you never leave a child unattended – even in a playpen.
By the age of six months, we begin to see babies preparing to get up and go on their own. Before too much longer they will be crawling, walking the furniture and eventually, walking on their own. But one of the most exciting milestones to look forward to at this age is the delightful babbling babies make as they begin to learn that certain sounds and behaviors get certain responses.
Babies cannot talk at the age of four months so how do you know if your baby is doing okay? Fortunately, even as young as four months old babies can be evaluated based on milestones that most babies this age meet. Milestones are important because when they are missed, they can serve as early warning signs of potential risk factors for developmental delays and health issues.
Newborn babies may seem small and fragile and out of touch with the rest of the world, but they are rapidly developing skills they will continue to build on month after month. Just as their little bodies are growing, so are their minds and ability to explore, communicate, and interaction with parents and others.
Here are some birth crisis groups for moms (and family) to find additional support. Although, parents of babies with birth injuries have an unfortunate connection through a traumatic experience, it still helps most people to know that they are not alone in their struggles.
Here are a few commonly used hash tags and their acronyms that you can use to find support groups and information on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networks. Also listed are support-based birth injury groups on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc., as well as personal blogs.
Parents also need support because caring for a child with cerebral palsy can be physically and emotionally challenging. There are many good support networks, organizations, and support groups to help you, below are just a few to help get you started in your search for the right supportive services for you and for your child.
Some brachial plexus injuries may heal without treatment. Many children who are injured during birth improve or recover by 3 to 4 months of age. Treatment for brachial plexus injuries includes physical therapy and, in some cases, surgery.
Below are links to support networks and organizations to help you find the right treatment approach and clinicians for you and your child, as well as links to support groups online including Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to help you connect with others.
Having a child diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury can be a frightening thing for a parent to deal with because it may mean physical challenges, painful surgeries, and years of physical therapy lie ahead. Although living with an obstetric brachial plexus birth injury is not an easy thing to do, you also do not have to go through this on your own.
Our lawyers are here to help you pursue compensation for your child’s birth injury so that the costs of your child’s care now and in the future will be covered. We have also prepared a list of places where you can find information, counseling, general support, and even social network groups online so you can connect with others living with an obstetric brachial plexus injury.